Alex Blake (cricketer)

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Alex Blake
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Personal information
Full name Alexander James Blake
Born (1989-01-25) 25 January 1989 (age 28)
Farnborough, London
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007–present Kent (squad no. 10)
FC debut 28 April 2008 Kent v New Zealanders
LA debut 4 September 2007 Kent v Surrey
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 38 77 78
Runs scored 1,343 1,435 1,120
Batting average 24.87 29.28 21.96
100s/50s 1/6 1/8 0/5
Top score 105* 116 71*
Balls bowled 204 84
Wickets 3 3
Bowling average 43.00 24.66
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 2/9 2/13
Catches/stumpings 23/– 39/– 39/–
Source: CricInfo, 17 May 2017

Alexander James Blake (born 25 January 1989) is an English professional cricketer who plays for Kent County Cricket Club. He is a left-handed batsman who bowls right-arm medium-fast occasionally.[1] Blake was born in Farnborough in Bromley and attended Hayes School before studying at Leeds Metropolitan University.[1] Blake is known as a "brutal limited-overs batsman" and an "athletic" fielder.[1]

Cricket career[edit]

Blake was a member of the Kent Cricket Academy and played for the county at age group level before making his debut for the Kent Second XI in 2005.[2][3][4] He was part of the England under-19 team which played in an invitational tri-series in January and February 2007 in Kuala Lumpur. Blake made four under-19 One Day International appearances during the tournament against Malaysia under-19s and Sri Lanka under-19s.[5]

Blake made his List A cricket debut for Kent in the 2007 NatWest Pro40 against Surrey in September 2007,[6] before going on to make his first-class cricket debut for Kent against the touring New Zealanders in April 2008.[1][7] He broke into the County Championship side in 2010 and scored his maiden County Championship century against Yorkshire in the final Championship match of the season.[1][8][9]

In 2015 he scored three half-centuries in Twenty 20 matches,[10] including his best score of 71 not out, scored in 30 balls against Hampshire.[1] Blake scored another two half-centuries in the 2015 Royal London One-Day Cup and recorded a batting average of 62 in the competition.[10] After attracting attention from Sussex,[11] he was awarded a new contract at the end of the 2015 season[1][2][10] and won Kent's One-Day Player of the Year award at the end of the season.[12][13]

After only making one first-class appearance during 2015, Blake returned to the Kent County Championship side during the 2016 season, making eight appearances.[14] He hit three sixes from the only balls he faced to complete a Championship win against Derbyshire in May and hit 66 not out against Surrey in the One-Day Cup, scoring a six from the penultimate ball of the match to secure the win for Kent.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Reid J (ed) 2016 Kent County Cricket Club Annual, Kent County Cricket Club, pp.23–24.
  2. ^ a b Hoad A (2015) Kent Cricket white ball star Alex Blake agrees new contract at club following speculation about Sussex switch, Kent Online, 2015-09-09. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  3. ^ Teams Alex Blake played for, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  4. ^ Kent Cricket Academy Scholars (archived). Retrieved 2007-09-06.
  5. ^ Under-19 ODI matches played by Alex Blake, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  6. ^ List A matches played by Alex Blake, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  7. ^ First-class matches played by Alex Blake, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  8. ^ Kent on the brink as Yorkshire battle for title, BBC Sport, 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  9. ^ Alex Blake signs new three-year contract with Kent, BBC Sport, 2011-02-16. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  10. ^ a b c Alex Blake: Kent batsman signs new contract, BBC Sport, 2015-09-09. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  11. ^ Hollis S (2015) Sussex chase Kent batsman Blake, The Argus, 2015-09-08. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  12. ^ 'Coles named Kent player of the year for 2015' in Reid J (2015) Op. cit., pp.82–83.
  13. ^ Beckenham and Bexley stars recognised at Kent cricket awards night, News Shopper, 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  14. ^ First-class batting and fielding in each season by Alex Blake, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  15. ^ County Championship: Kent win after Derbyshire collapse, BBC Sport, 2016-05-25. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  16. ^ One-Day Cup: Alex Blake gives Kent victory over Surrey off penultimate ball, BBC Sport, 2016-06-05. Retrieved 2016-11-20.

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